July 14, 2020

A Universe of Stories Wrap-Up


Massachusetts Library System has released the statistics for summer reading 2019. Libraries throughout the state reached for the stars during the 2019 statewide Summer Library Program, “A Universe of Stories”! The numbers are in and 524,032 people attended over 21,650 programs for all ages at public libraries across the Commonwealth. This summer also launched over 132,000 participants from preschool to adult to participate in their Summer Library Program, 38,245 of those registering online. These numbers represent skyrocketing increases over 2018 for registration, programming, and attendance!

Participating libraries had a blast with the 2019 theme of space, finding it adaptable and appealing for a wide variety of ages. Libraries across Massachusetts were over the moon about the bookmarks, posters, and manuals they received as part of the statewide program. Many reported that they loved the connection with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and found the artwork to be especially engaging and inclusive.

Massachusetts libraries are already planning for “Imagine Your Story,” the summer 2020 slogan inspired by fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy. Partnerships will include the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the National Storytelling Network. For more information, contact your local public library.


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